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ARGENTINA | 03-02-2020 18:01

Alberto meets with Merkel amid IMF negotiations

The Peronist leader had a dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the duo discussed debt and potential Argentine-German investments.

President Alberto Fernández shared a dinner this evening with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin as part of his tour to obtain support for debt renegotiations from European leaders.

"We will talk about investment projections. We want to invest in Argentina", said Merkel, stressing that the duo will talk specifically about coming to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country knows that "Argentina does not have an easy economic situation," recognizing the significant debt renegotiations with the IMF that Argentina will soon face.

Merkel shared these comments in a joint conference with Alberto Fernández at the headquarters of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, minutes before the two heads of state had dinner.

“We will see how we can help them,” continued Merkel.

Merkel also said that she and Fernández will talk about "possible investment projects between Germany and Argentina,” noting that "there is a significant interest German industry."

The Peronist leader added: "Germany is a country we look to closely, it is the motor of the European Union, and Argentina has close ties with Europe.”

The meeting at the German headquarters of the Foreign Affairs Ministry also included Economy Minister Martín Guzman, Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, and the First Lady Fabiola Yáñez. 

Earlier, Fernández had a breakfast meeting with various German business leaders, to whom he explained Argentina’s situation: "We are a patient in intensive care."

This was the Argentine head of state’s first meeting in Berlin. It took place in Hotel Regent with representatives from Hamburg Sud, Siemens AG, Grupo Hydro, DB., Lindal Group, among others.



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